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Tips to Manage Gum Disease

Like most health problems, prevention is key when it comes to battling gum disease. To prevent plaque buildup and keep gum disease at bay you should:

  • Brush with fluoride toothpaste twice a day.
  • Clean between the teeth, with floss or another interdental cleaning tool.
  • Swish twice daily with antiseptic mouth rinse.
  • See your dentist regularly.

Ryder says that how often you see the dentist might soon depend on your personal risk factors.

“There is a lot of research being done now to see who might be more susceptible to gum breakdown,” he says. “What we find out about a person’s bacteria, or family history, for example, would help establish their treatment plan.”